6 Ways to Help Shorten a Cold (Before Your Big Event)

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It’s not fair: You have been looking forward to your limelight moment for months now. The anticipation and excitement is palpable. But then, a throat tickle. Or an innocent sneeze. You brush it off: it’s nothing! But deep down, you know that denial will not make those symptoms go away.

Take the bull by the horns! Head it off at the pass! Get ahead of the game! (Insert more metaphors here! :P)

Whether it’s a wedding, a graduation, a performance, a party, a big meeting, a big date, your much-needed vacation, or an important award show, we’ve got 6 ways to shorten a cold before it ruins your big day.

1. Take Cold-EEZE!

Of course! Cold-EEZE lozenges can shorten a cold by 42%. You start taking it at the very first sign of a cold, and continue to take it regularly until you are completely symptom-free.

Cold-EEZE Tip: Set a reminder on your phone to take your Cold-EEZE lozenges every 2 to 4 hours, and keep it in your bag or pocket so you have it on the go. If you are an adult, you can use up to 6 lozenges a day. Consult your Cold-EEZE package for more information.

2. Get colorful with healthy foods!

Preparing yourself for your big day can be extremely stressful. Keep your body happy and healthy by eating right. Colorful produce like kale and oranges have nutrients that can help your immune system when fighting off a cold, but don't overlook their paler counterparts!

Cold-EEZE Tip: Add a small glass of fruit juice to your day, sprinkle some berries on your morning cereal and keep things like carrot sticks, cucumber and celery for mid-day snacks.

3. Sleep, sleep, sleep

Seven to eight hours of quality sleep. That’s what it takes! Be honest: do you ever get that much? Research shows that interrupted sleep may increase the production of stress hormones, which may wear down the immune system, and given the stress you’re already under preparing for the big day, it’s no wonder you’re feeling run down!

Cold-EEZE Tip: If worries keep you awake, jot down everything you're fretting about, along with a solution for each, before turning in, and put your mind and your body to rest.

4. Hydration fixation

Yes, yes. We know you know this, but it always bears repeating, because we also often forget to actually do it! Stay hydrated!

Cold-EEZE Tip: If you are always on the move, keep a bottle of water handy so you can stay hydrated throughout the day. Also, running a humidifier may be your ticket to staying in tip top shape for your event!

5. Scrub-a-dub!

Regular hand washing can help keep germs at bay – particularly if you have friends or colleagues around you who are sick! But it can be hard to remember when you’re constantly on the go preparing for your event or trip.

Cold-EEZE Tip: When you wash your hands make sure you use soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Time one of your sessions to see what a 20-second scrubbing feels like.

6. Get moving

If you don’t already have a regular exercise routine, just do something you love that gets your body moving like, walking, swimming, dancing, cycling and hiking. Just be sure to consult your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise routine.

Cold-EEZE Tip: Not used to daily exercise? Take the easy route! And we mean really easy. Try creating goals that you know for sure you can accomplish, like "walk for 10 minutes twice a week." Then, very slowly add more and more. This can be an effective way to change habits.

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